The Kelowna Pride Society has been working with the Kelowna RCMP in consultation with community members since their initial statement regarding the Safe Place Program on February 22nd, 2021. Together, they have formed a Working Group that is composed of board members from the Kelowna Pride Society, representatives of the RCMP, and community members and stakeholders who have expressed interest and concern with regard to the Safe Place Program.
At the time of writing, the Working Group has met twice weekly (for a total of 5 meetings to date). A significant focus of the Working Group is to ensure the protection of LGBT2Q+ people through the Safe Place Program, as well as accountability for all parties involved in the Program. Many of the questions that were raised during Kelowna Pride's Townhall Discussion on the Program on February 25th, 2021, especially those around the Program's authenticity and safety, have now been addressed by the Working Group.
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